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National Philanthropy Day

Today is National Philanthropy Day which is celebrated annually on November 15. This day signifies the importance of working together for the common good. Philanthropic deeds come in all different shapes and sizes — charitable giving, volunteering, etc. — and on National Philanthropy Day, no act of kindness goes unnoticed. 

Your Foundation has seen first hand these acts of kindness during the Giving Challenge week. Various Community stakeholders – residents (and former residents), businesses, community groups and municipal leaders – have made charitable gifts to the Foundation this week. Gifts that will last forever! To those who have made gifts to your Foundation this week – on behalf of our community – we sincerely thank you. 

The Recreation Commission started a video series called Feel Good Fridays (follow their Facebook page to see more). This week’s video showcases the Foundation where you can learn more about the Brokenhead River Community Foundation. It can be watched here: 

There is still time to give towards the Giving Challenge week as it runs until midnight tonight – November 15th. Donations must be made by then to count towards the Giving Challenge. Gifts can be made online…/brokenhead-river…/ Cheques can be dropped off in the secure drop box by the rear door of Century 21 Sun Country Realty at 644 Park Ave. The Foundation also accepts e-transfers at or you can contact Carol at 204.266.0117 for other giving options.

Any gifts are truly appreciated. You can also show your support by sharing this information or liking our Facebook page for future Community updates.

Thank you,

The Board of the Brokenhead River Community Foundation


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Day 2 of Giving Challenge week and another great donation! Foundation Director Zane Hunter accepts a cheque from Melissa Marginet and Cpl. David Ogungbemi. The donated funds are from the former local Dare program. Thank you for the $5,826.51 donation! Please consider a donation this week to support your community.…/brokenhead-river…/

Also like our Facebook page to see more information or community updates.

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Wow!  What a great way to start our Giving Challenge Week!  

Thanks Tim Hortons!


Since mid-March, Covid 19 has certainly presented challenges to many community groups and organizations. The normal operations and functions of these groups/organizations have dramatically changed. At top of mind for many is that normal fundraising events and activities have either been cancelled or postponed creating a large impact to any projects or good works that would normally occur in our community.

 Your Foundation is no different as the special events and fundraising initiatives we normally do have been cancelled. Usually at this time of year we would be planning for our Win a Wine Cellar event at the Legion in which you may have supported or attended or both.

 On a positive note, the Brokenhead River Community Foundation was fortunate to participate in the Community Foundations of Canada Emergency Support Fund. In September we were able to provide grants totaling $40,000 into the community to support the Association for Community Living, the Recreation Commission, the Community Kitchen, the Breach Drop in Centre and the SunGro Centre.

 Recently the Brokenhead River Community Foundation Board approved its 2021 Grants. This year, besides its normal grant application process, the Foundation offered the opportunity for community groups to apply for a Stabilization Grant. The Stabilization Grant was designed to assist those community groups who were or are dramatically affected by Covid 19. A total of 10 applications were received seeking $68,721 in assistance.

 The foundation only had $26,000 available to disburse and chose to support the Stabilization Grants this year. The Garson Arena, Beausejour Curling Club and the Brokenhead River Community Hall were approved for funding.

 A second round of the Emergency Support Fund is available and the Foundation has up to $30,000 available. An announcement on the results of this program will be announced soon. The total of the three grant programs this year would be $96,000 to support local community groups and organizations!

 But the asks by the community are much larger than what we can support so there may never be a better time to help our community flourish forever!

 The Brokenhead River Community Foundation encourages residents of Beausejour and the RM of Brokenhead to make a gift during the week of Nov. 9 – 15 as part of the Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge.

 For this week only, each $5 gift you make becomes $7! The Winnipeg Foundation will stretch each $5 gift made to the Unrestricted Community Fund with $1. The Manitoba government continues their commitment to Manitoba community foundations with their support of the Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge 2020. The province will also contribute $1 for every $5 gift. Online gifts can be made securely through this link . But remember – please make a gift between November 9-15!

 “This is a great opportunity to support your community Foundation,” says Reg Black, President, Brokenhead River Community Foundation. “Of course, we welcome gifts at any time, but giving between Nov. 9 – 15 means extra support. We’re so excited to see what our community can accomplish!”

 Gifts made between November 9 – 15 will help grow the Foundation’s capacity to support a wide range of charitable projects in the Beausejour/Brokenhead area for generations to come. Donations to a community foundation are pooled and permanently invested. The gifted donations are never spent and the money will always stay in the community. Every year, these investments generate money that is distributed to support local charitable needs.

 Community foundations provide support that lasts forever. Manitoba is home to 56 community foundations – more than any other area of the country. Every year, these foundations invest millions of dollars into a wide range of local charitable projects. They help ensure our hometowns are vibrant and thriving.

 Besides the online donation option, donors can mail donations made payable to the Brokenhead River Community Foundation and mailed to Box 2225, Beausejour, R0E0C0. All donations must be dated between November 9th to 15th and received no later than the 15th. Donations can also be dropped off that week at Century 21 Sun Country Realty. E-transfers can be sent to the Brokenhead River Community Foundation at or contact us for more giving options.


On behalf of the Board of the Brokenhead River Community Foundation (BRCF), we would like to inform all community groups and organizations of some important information.  The BRCF is a non-profit organization created to provide financial support to charitable, educational, cultural and recreation projects to benefit our community.  We are a charity, built by generous donors, that supports our community and we do it in a sustainable way.  Donors to the BRCF work with others who are also passionate about making our community the best it can be. We are stronger when we work together and we have a greater impact too.  All gifts to the foundation are pooled and invested – forever – with just a portion of the interest earned on those investments gifted back into the community by way of scholarships and bursaries to graduating students and by way of grants to community groups and organizations.

Whether or not you are familiar with the foundation, and whether or not your group has applied for a grant previously, you will find attached a couple of documents for your reference.

The first is the BRCF Annual Grant Application. If your group is planning any projects for the upcoming year, you may want to consider applying for financial assistance from the BRCF.  The yearly deadline for submissions is September 30th, for projects that can be completed by August 31st the following year.  Please note that organizations must demonstrate a financial commitment of a minimum of 25% towards the project.  The other document attached is a Stabilization Grant Application. There has been ongoing discussions at various levels of government and within the foundation movement regarding the health and wellbeing of community groups and organizations. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, fundraising activities are challenging and as a result there is a real concern that some small groups or organizations may be facing a significant financial impact.  Your foundation is fully aware of the enormous challenges that local groups and organizations are facing this year due to the pandemic.  Many community events have either been postponed or cancelled out right.  Many community groups have lost most or all of their traditional forms of fundraising. Some groups or organizations may even be struggling to operate or stay afloat until they can restart their fundraising. Some may also be experiencing increased expenses to operate or function. 

Our Foundation realizes these are unprecedented times, and we don’t know how long it may last. The last thing anyone wants to see is a local group or organization struggle financially or fold.  With that in mind, at a recent meeting of the BRCF Board, a decision was made to offer a Stabilization Grant this fall to local organizations/groups that require financial assistance to help with operational expenses during the 20/21 season. The deadline for submissions for this COVID initiative is also September 30th.

Should you have any questions regarding either of these BRCF initiatives, please reach out to us.

BROKENHEAD RIVER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION grant application form- Aug, 2020

Stabilization Grant

Brokenhead River Community Foundation President Reg Black was very pleased to be able to present an Emergency Community Support Fund grant to Megan Baker, the Program Director for the Recreation Commission. The funding of $10,000 was used to assist with the development of activity kits for summer camp participants and children in the community who are in need.


Some exciting news that appears in this week’s Clipper!

Thanks to them for their continued support. Please feel free to share.

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Win A Wine Cellar Event 2019


Congratulations to the winners of the Win a Wine Cellar event which was held on November 16, 2019.  First place winner, Bruce Schade took home 53 bottles of wine.  Al Cherrey received 32 bottles of wine for his second place win and Diane Gershman happily accepted 21 bottles for her third place win! 

Thank you to everyone who attended, made donations, donated wine and bought tickets in support of your Community Foundation.  We had a very successful evening and were able to meet our goal to raise $10,000.00!

Thank you to the representatives from the organizations who received our 2020 grants for sharing information about how their group plans to use the funds that they have been granted.


April Kebernik     Beausejour Otters Swim Club


Andy Taylor    Beausejour Beautification


Ed Farias    Garson Community Centre


Doug Houghton     Beausejour Active Transportation


Cindy Buss    Beausejour Air Cadets


Pam Schirle    Beausejour Figure Skating Club


Many thanks to Brad Saluk (Reeve Rural Municipality of Brokenhead) and Ray Schirle (Mayor of Beausejour) for their very generous donation of $2,500.00 which was gratefully accepted by Shaunda Rossington (Vice President:  Brokenhead River Community Foundation).


Thank you, also, to the Carmichael Girls for providing wonderful entertainment for the evening!  Your community spirit is greatly appreciated!


Wayne Ewasko (MLA Lac du Bonnet) joined us for the evening and announced the upcoming Manitoba 150 Grant which the BRCF will be accepting nominations for in the new year!

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Exciting news about your Foundation:  Clipping

Information Evening with the Foundation





Foundation Gives and Receives

The Brokenhead River Community Foundation’s 2018 Endow Day/Win a Wine Cellar Event held on No 17th at the Legion was once again a huge success. Many thanks to all those who gifted bottles of wine for the event as 109 bottles were raffled off and the lucky winners were 1st – Meghan Lowery and Justin Chartrand, 2nd – Edith Papasterianus and Karen Lowry and 3rd – Kim MacAulay.

The Win a Wine Cellar event is held on Endow Day in Manitoba. All funds received that day by the Foundation are further boosted by 20 cents on the dollar by both the Winnipeg Foundation and the Province of Manitoba up to $10,000 which means a potential of an extra $4,000 for your foundation.

The Foundation is very grateful for all the donations received from the community. Reeve Brad Saluk from the RM of Brokenhead presented a cheque for $2,500 which came from the proceeds of hosting a fun hole at the Eastern Manitoba Municipal Golf Tournament this past summer.  CPTC once again gave back to the community as President Reid Baker presented a cheque for $1,000.  The Shades of the Past Committee also made a donation from the proceeds of their very successful annual car show.  Personal donations were also received that day at the event and many others were made online.

With the proceeds from the wine raffle and all the donations for Endow Day, the Foundation raised a total of $11,405 which means that it will receive the $4,000 boost for a one day fundraising total of $15,405!  All of these funds will be placed into the Foundation’s Community Undesignated fund  where it will remain FOREVER. The interest earned from these funds will allow the funds raised to not only grow but also allow for a portion to be granted back into the community. To put this into context – without the growth factored in – on an annual basis approximately $600 will go back into the community every year from the proceeds of this event. That’s over $6,000 in 10 years, $15,000 in 25 years, $30,000 in 50 years from this event!!

The evening allowed for the announcement of the 2019 Community Grant recipients and a recap of the 2018 ones. Several presenters from various community groups were present and provided information on their group and how they used the money they were granted.  Here is a list of the community groups who received the grants this year:

ACL woodworking tools
Happy Time Nursery photocopier purchase
Rotary Club of Selkirk Project Echo, diagnostic program
BBMHA goalie equipment
Brokenhead River Community Hall Change to LED lights
Royal Canadian Legion #132 Pizza warmer
Tyndall Soccer purchase equipment
Network 4 Change Corporation Trail Mural for old  Arena
Haystack Productions Storage building
Brokenhead River Recreation Committee floor curling rocks
Beausejour Kids Centre Inc. outdoor equipment
249 Royal Canadian Air Cadets Marksmanship & band
Tyndall Village Community Centre Kids Club
Happy Time Nursery New motor skills equipment
Brokenhead River Rec Commission Snowshoe & Bosu Ball equipment
Beausejour Beautification Committee Butterfly Sculpture for Train Whistle Park
Beausejour Brokenhead Minor Hockey Assoc. Equipment room locks & pylons
Beausejour Slow-pitch Play structure
Tyndall Curling Club Ice Maintenance Equipment/Curling rocks
Friends of Beausejour Daylily Gardens upgrades to the Gardens
Beausejour Curling Club delivery sticks
Elites Gymnastics Equipment replacement-competitive bars
Beausejour Kids’ Centre indoor enhancements

The evening also included entertainment by Thomas Gut and Company who donated their services for the evening.   Their participation was greatly appreciated by the Foundation and was thoroughly enjoyed by those in attendance.  For further information on the Foundation check out or like us on Facebook.

Win A Wine Cellar 2018

November 17th at the Legion from 7 PM to 10 PM, your Community Foundation will be hosting its 3rd Win An Instant Wine Cellar.  We are asking you to donate a bottle of wine to the Foundation, then join us on the 17th where we will be raffling all those bottles.  You can drop off at my office in advance, call for pick up or better yet bring with you on the 17th so you can buy some tickets for 3 chances to Win a Wine Cellar.  Last year we had 128 bottles donated and three lucky winners won a wine cellar!!

The significance of this day is also that it is Endow Manitoba Day in Manitoba. All funds raised by foundations on that day are boosted by an additional forty cents on the dollar this year up to $10,000 raised. So if our community can raise that we will get an additional $4,000!

You can help!  Donate a bottle of wine, join us on the 17th for the raffle, and make a charitable donation to the foundation.   Alternatively you can also go online to  that day and make a donation to the local foundation by selecting the Brokenhead River Community Foundation from the list of foundations. Ever dollar donated = $1.40 to the community!

Hosted at the Legion from 7–10 PM there will also be some brief presentations from some of the 2018 and 2019 community grant recipients. Great opportunity to hear and learn how our community benefits from the Foundation.

Also as part of the evening is some entertainment provided by Thomas Gut and Company. These local musicians are sure to provide some music for all to enjoy.

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Smile Cookie Week at Tim Hortons

Sept 17  to 23 is Smile Cookie week at our own Tim Hortons.  Proceeds from the sale of these cookies will be donated to our Foundation.  Last year over $1400 was raised and we are looking to make it bigger and better than ever.
The Brokenhead River Community Foundation partnered with two local Grade 5 classes early this year to create some posters for the Smile Cooke Campaign at the local Tim Hortons.  Students colored up posters and they will now be posted around town.


Batches of cookies can be pre-ordered for your business or meetings.  The order form can be downloaded here.     Smile Cookie Preorder BRCF

Wine Tasting 2018

The 2017 Wine Tasting was such a huge success we have moved to a larger facility for 2018.  Join us in the Brokenhead Room at the hall for this year’s event on Friday Sept 28.  Tickets available at MLLC in Beausejour.

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Granting Procedure Has Changed

Our Foundation has moved to a fall granting timeline for the 2019 granting year.  Applications for grants for the 2019 year will be due by September 30th, 2018.  The Grants Review Committee will study the applications and make recommendations to the board.  The final decision will be made by the board at the October meeting.  Grant recipients will then have until August of 2019 to complete their projects and submit their final reports to the Foundation before the grant money will be issued.

Will Night Well Received

The Brokenhead River Community Foundation sponsored a Will Night on April 25 at the will nightBeau Head Seniors Centre as part of Will Week in Manitoba. Over 70 people attended the event to hear long time local lawyer Mike Wasylin provide a general overview of the importance of having a Will, Power of Attorney and Health Directive and that they are current, properly executed documents. Contact Mike’s office or your lawyer to discuss these important items. Watch for future Foundation activities in your community.